Here is a growing list (as we collect them) of profiles of the lovely people involved in this camp.
Alice Chapman BA, DipYE, DipDSY-YTH
Alice originally trained in India in the lineage of Swami Satyananda Saraswati, and completed diplomas in yoga education and advanced yoga studies. She has been teaching since 2008. She is qualified to teach pre and post natal yoga and is a practicing yoga therapist with a special interest in women’s health. Alice’s approach to Yoga is informed by her long-term practice and study of Vipassana meditation as taught by SN Goenka. She teaches for the Devon School of Yoga on their foundation course, teacher training courses and post-graduate yoga therapy course.
Lula Rose McGill
Lula has been teaching AcroYoga, yoga and physical arts for the last 9 years, having studied with some incredible teachers from around the world. Inspired by these teachers, Lula creates an eclectic practice. Her AcroYoga workshops are for beginners to improvers. Focusing on the basics of basing, flying and spotting, Lula brings a sense of playfulness, fun and positivity to these workshops, while ensuring you are safe. Definitely expect to laugh, meet people and defy gravity!
Welcome to Lula's Vinyasa Yoga Class. Based in Sussex, Lula seeks to create a space for students to explore the unexpected and expand the idea of what is possible both on the mat and off. Hoping to encourage a playful and joyful expression of this physical and spiritual practise she expects to challenge you in a good way, inspire you and help you sweat a little, laugh a lot and maybe try something new.
Arianna Palin BMus, MMus, LRAM, Yoga Teacher (YA and BWY-accredited)
Arianna took up Yoga in 2004 to help cope with the stress of training as a Classical Pianist. But it soon took over - she caught the Ashtanga bug and trained to teach alignment-based Hatha Yoga in London. She set off for Asia and spent some years as a travelling yogini, immersing herself in the Indian traditions, completing further trainings, studying Buddhism and doing extensive silent retreat. Eventually she found her home in Thiruvannamalai, and her teacher in Ramana Maharshi.
Something brought her back to the UK, where she is now settled and teaching locally in Glastonbury and Wells. She offers Hatha Yoga classes in different styles, drawing on the different traditions she has trained and studied in, primarily Anusara Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Over the years she says she has been blessed to have studied with many other glorious teachers, including Leela Miller, Donna Farhi, Max Strom, David Swenson and Bridget Woods-Kramer, and more recently has completed Pre and Post Natal training with Katy Appleton, who nurtured her through her own pregnancy and beyond.
"Hatha Yoga remains central to my life and everything I do, but because my years on the road and life's journey have brought me to some other expressions, it feels like a complete circle to embrace them. I've studied Indian Classical Music and singing as well as writing my own songs on the road, and been leading Kirtan since 2009. I now offer non-judgemental sacred sound work in the form of a Community Kirtan group and Sound Healing with Tibetan Bowls in the local Glastonbury community."
In Lolo’s previous life she was an intensive care nurse. Over the years she worked in many hospitals and across many different specialties, including neuro surgery and general critical care. It was witnessing the limitations of modern medicine and the negative effects of immobility that got her searching for a more holistic approach to health. Lolo found her way to Ayurveda and yoga and has been an ayurvedic practitioner and yoga teacher in London since 2010. She relishes the feeling of being an eternal student in both of these areas. Lolo teaches various forms of yoga across London but is best known for her Rocket vinyasa classes that combine a powerful yet nurturing energy with a mischievous sparkle!
Lucy is the founder and a co-director of MAYA. She was first introduced to yoga at 18 whilst studying and working with young people with a diagnosis of Autism. Some of the challenges that the young people were facing deeply inspired her personal yoga and meditation practice. It was at this point she knew that she needed to integrate her love and passion of yoga and psychology. She has been offering Yoga and Psychological therapy since 2005 and has had many amazing teachers such as Sonia Suma, Jo Manuel, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli.
Lucy's biggest teachers are her 3 children and her wonderful students. She works in the community, in the NHS (Clinical Psychologist specialising in Autism) and for GARAS (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) as the lead UASC (Unaccompanied and Asylum Seeking Children) trauma Clinical Psychologist. She is currently training to be an accredited EMDR therapist and she also designs, develops and delivers teacher training programmes for professionals, parents and carers such as the Yoga and Mindfulness for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Teacher training course, Yoga Therapy for Trauma, CPD days on Yoga for ASD and ADHD and Yoga Nidra for Mental Health Professionals. Lucy is committed and passionate about making psychology, yoga and meditation available and accessible to all.
Maeji Maya Maeioum
Hola! my name in Maeioum, from Mexico. I look forward to share with brothers and sisters the Sacred Space of The Heart, all around the world. One of my strongest Life motors is the realization of our True Nature, for all sentient beings, that’s why it was a blessing to become a Hridaya Yoga instructor, based on the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi: Self Enquire, and then to surrender to Sri Mooji´s direct path for Freedom. In this I found a powerful set of techniques to step into The Heart, this path has changed me deeply as I learned to live with an Open Heart, expand to my actual Spaciousness and light up my Consciousness in order to reveal my True Nature. That’s why I feel the calling to share these teachings with you all. In my vision the only possible way of living this life is in harmony within ourselves, with Mother Nature and with each other, in mutual Respect and Love, and I see the way to achieve by humbly fulfilling our purpose and allowing and helping others in doing so, realizing the Union with the One Source, guided by the Grace of God. I consider myself an Adi-Shakti Mother devotee and have received instruction from a high mountain Brazilian Woman Priestess, a Buddhist Roshi in Japan, a Mother-touched Saint in India, our native Mexican Shamanic healers and “the ancient unity-celebrating rituals”, that had seen me dance to the moon with our wise Grandmothers. I’ve been following meditative and healing practices, which are part of my way-of-sharing with the world. I’m a therapist in water and Holistic Massage, and promote woman wisdom in lunar circles and circular dances, and had keep learning ways of support our elders, our pregnant mothers and our children. I was blessed to have parents that were into metaphysics so the spiritual dimension of life was part of my vision since I was a child, and it became apparent for me that Nature has many clues on how to connect with ourselves, in a way that powerful feelings arise within, stirring up a longing for Oneness and an understanding of life.
Thanks for your radiant presence in this wonderful manifestation of the One Consciousness.
Once suited and booted in the corporate world, Ling previously spent eleven years advancing a career in a large multi-national company. Ling took up yoga to combat the unhealthy sedentary lifestyle of her desk job that involved quite a bit of European travel. She has been practising yoga since 2001, and teaching since 2007. Having swapped the suits and boots for lycra and bare-feet - Ling believes in making yoga accessible for everyone and is therefore trained in Hatha yoga, therapeutic applications of yoga, yoga for children and pregnancy, advanced Yin and is also a teacher trainer in therapeutic applications of restorative yoga. Ling has been busying herself the last seven years furthering her studies and passion in Eastern Holistic therapies and will be offering: Thai Yoga Massage, Thai Oil, Chi Nei Tsang (Abdominal Chi), and Vibrational Therapy with Tok Sen (resonance healing with wooden tools) and therapeutic sound healing massages and Sound Baths with hand-crafted Himalayan Singing Bowls at Santosa this year.
I discovered yoga after my mum passed away in 2002 and in this discovery began a deep love affair that continues to this day. I love the ever changing and deepening nature of this incredible practice and the way it awakens and allows the life force to find its natural flow. When prana finds its natural flow, it awakens and heals. In this awakening, we come home to our bodies and rest ever more deeply in the Heart. It is such an honour to teach Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and Shakti Dance - The Yoga of Dance. I have also recently started playing the gong and am looking forward to being able to use this beautiful instrument for deep relaxation. My main focus when teaching is allowing people to come into an awareness of the deep silence that is always present within. As we access this silence through yoga and dance we connect with the true nature of our existence.
Lucy gives talks and workshops throughout the UK and specialises in teaching the philosophy element on yoga teacher trainings. She brings the essence of the yoga sūtras and the vedas alive in a practical, focused and joyful manner. She uses the chants of the vedas, the yoga sūtras and pāṇini's sanskrt grammar to bring her classes to a place of stillness before opening the arena for an investigation into the actual effect these sounds have on our being.
Lucy has had a deep connection with the world of sound from a young age, obtaining a scholarship to the Royal College of Music aged 10. These early experiences in life affected Lucy deeply, leading her to question the reality of this life and prompting her to eventually travel the globe in pursuit of yoga. However the connection with sound was never far away, as she found her experience with yoga open her to explore the expression of the sacred through sound.
Sam Ahern has been practising yoga for over 15 years and after teaching in New Zealand and South East Asia, she returned to the UK in 2013 and qualified with the Devon School of Yoga. She is a Reiki and Shamanic Healer and has been drawn to combine her work, developing Shamanic Yoga workshops and courses. She also loves Bhakti Yoga and believes nothing opens your heart space better than a good Kirtan!
Siri Sadhana kaur performed internationally developing in voice, theatre and movement, studying in Paris with the innovative movement master Jacques Lecoq. Siri lives in London and has recorded 6 music and mantra CDs, tours giving concerts and trainings in mantra dance, acapella singing and yoga .
As an approved KRI Professional Kundalini yoga teacher trainer and student of Shiv Charan Singh she delivers the level 1 Aquarian teacher training, organises level 2 trainings, and is participating in the Level 3 training programme.
Debbie Reynolds is a London based Shakti dance facilitator. She has previously been teaching this sacred practice in Thailand, Bali and many festivals across England . She has practiced and studied many different styles of yoga over the past 20 years, starting her journey of self discovery in India from the young age of 17.
Debbie has been passionate about dance since childhood. She is also a dance performer, holistic therapist, aromatherapist, Reiki and sound healer as well as children's yoga teacher.
Founder and creator of Yoga buds Yogabuds.weebly.com, she is mother to 3 beautiful daughters and is totally in service to follow her soul path and what she has been guided and assigned to do.
"ShaktiDance is playful, explorative, enthusiastic, light hearted, compassionate and kind while holding the ability to delve deep and hold space with integrity and love ... that when you blend yoga, dance, conscious breath and mindfulness, something magic happens ... We begin to let go of our identity and allow our body to become our guide and teacher. We let go of our need to control or be controlled by our minds or ego. In this we start to break down barriers and peel off layers. Until the moment comes when we feel total freedom during the dance - A moment of bathing in the stillness - Of full presence with our essence. We experience a heavenly moment! "
Barry Kristadas Elms
Barry Kristadas Elms is a yoga teacher, chi kung instructor and kirtan wallah. He loves to share the practices of ‘Holistic Chi-Yoga’ and Bhakti Yoga Kirtan (chanting), and has a passion for Indian Philosophy. In addition to his own classes, workshops and retreats, Barry is a tutor on the Devon School of Yoga’s teacher training courses, specialising in yoga philosophy, chi kung and yoga therapy.
Ariadna is an Ayurvedic medicine practitioner, teacher and writer. For the past eighteen years, Ariadna has dedicated herself exclusively to the study and practice of Ayurveda, with a special interest in women’s healthcare. Ariadna completed her Postgraduate Diploma of Ayurvedic Medicine (PGDAM) in 2003 at the London College of Ayurveda, after serving as an intern at the renowned AVP Hospital of Coimbatore, and at the clinic's of Dr Rao and Dr Kshire in Pune, India. After gaining her first qualification, Ariadna began to work at the Kailash Centre of Oriental Medicine, London. Prior to this, Ariadna worked for the NHS as a health care assistant at Central Middlesex Hospital, London.
Eager to deepen her knowledge and skills, Ariadna travelled to India again at the end of 2003, to study with Dr Liladhar Gupta, who accepted her as his student at his clinic for two years. During this time, Ariadna had the privilege to learn from a fourth-generation Ayurvedic doctor and spend time at the family’s project, Dhanwantari Dham Ayurveda Centre.
In 2005, Ariadna pursued further academic studies and began her BSc degree in Ayurveda from Manipal University, India. She completed her internship in 2009 at the SDM Ayurveda Hospital, Udupi, where she had the opportunity to study under Dr Mamatha, the leading gynaecologist of the Hospital. On the end, Ariadna completed nine years of Ayurveda studies, which culminated in the opening of her Bath practice, VitalVeda, a project designed to serve as a platform for healing, learning and growing.
Since 2010 Ariadna has done extensive work as an Ayurvedic practitioner, treating a wide variety of medical conditions as well as teaching the principles of Ayurvedic healthcare at Yoga centres all over the country.
Ayurvedic consultations & treatments with Ariadna can help you feel better, and resolve any health problems in a natural effective way by addressing physical, mental and emotional imbalances. Ayurveda brings you to a journey of self-discovery and self healing which Ariadna helps to facilitate.
I am trained in traditional ashtanga vinyasa yoga, circus skills, belly dance and performing arts. I've been dedicated to exploring a variety of movement and performance practices since the age of 16, and began teaching yoga and circus skills around age 18. I believe that movement is a powerful way to express yourself, heal trauma, build confidence and simply be happy. In my eyes exercise should be fun, a celebration of your body's incredible ability, not a chore on your "to do" list.
I'm currently working as a circus skills and yoga teacher at the same time as taking part in a course called Path of the Priestess. Through this course I am learning more about myself and what I want to share with the world, and working towards becoming a facilitator for women's empowerment retreats. Through my classes I aim to help my students become connected with their bodies, realise their full potential anddiscover the joy of movement.
I believe in body positivity, accessible arts and equality for all.
Preet often holds our KUNDALINI YOGA SADHANA: 5AM-7.30AM at the Santosa Camp :
Wake up & rise up dear Santosa Sangat and come and join the Kundalini Yoga Sadhana.
Why wake up early and pracitice yoga, chant mantras, pray and meditate at this early hour?
The angle of the sun at this hour makes it easier to meditate. All benefits you get normally from your practice are amplified at this time of day! Practisng in a group increases group consciousness, which is the bridge between individual and universal consciousness. Sadhana will set you up for the rest of the day to support you to meet any challenges with love, compassion, intuition and grace and help you to be stable in your true shining identity in the face of global changes, information overload and environmental changes.
It will bring you physical, mental and spiritual fitness.
Time: 5am -7.30am
What to bring? Your beautiful self, a yoga mat or sheepskin, a covering for your head, a torch, a blanket and anything to make you feel comfortable. if you have white clothes for yoga, then wear them, but you are welcome what ever colour clothes you wear!
Facilitator: Preet Kaur ia s kundalini yoga teacher, intern teacher trainer and singer/sound healer and teaches classes. 1:1 sessioms, workshops, retreats and teaches on the Glastonbury Kundalini yoga teacher training.
In this workshop we’ll explore how embodiment can come into our daily parenting, how it can increase awareness, uncover habitual ways of parenting, expand our range of resources and play with different ways of relating to one another. We’ll also look at how it can be helpful in managing our own energetic state when in tricky situations with our loved ones!
Parenting can be stressful and emotionally charged and with that in mind I facilitate these workshops with a sense of playfulness, curiosity and most importantly fun.
Embodied yoga emphasizes personal insight and transfer of skills to life - rather than athleticism - and incorporates elements of life coaching, body therapy, meditation, and martial arts.
It can be emotionally intense as its a powerful tool for looking at your personal patterns and changing your life for the better, it's also more social than most yoga and a lot of fun.
I have been a passionate dancer and writer since I was very young. Harmony, peace and unity and “who am I?” and “who is god?” were big questions for me from a young age, and the perfect topics for short stories and poems.
In school I spent a lot of time drawing ecstatic dancers for instance and not just in the art lesson! Apart from going through the usual things young people go through, I also used to be the sort of teenager who walks alone into the woods to sit for hours in bliss between the trees.
At Brighton University I explored Visual and Performing Arts as a means for describing processes of spiritual and human transformation. After my degree in Visual and Performing Arts I felt very drawn to explore the really big questions in life in depth.
When I travelled to India I’d spontaneously fall into ecstatic dance in Krishna temples ending up being joined by groups of Indian women. I have met a number of remarkable Spiritual Teachers and explored different Teachings. Avatar Adi Da Samraj was the one I consider to having had the most profound impact on my life. I explored dancing his poetry, his statements of who he is for many years. It was a profoundly transformative and alive process to engage with these incredible words so directly in the body.
Eventually I started to create digital photo montages and poetry began to emerge alongside these images. I now work in an entirely universal and non-denominational manner, simply through the creative expression of my current intuition of life and love for real.
I have developed an understanding over the years of how the reality of non-separation, the oneness of all there is can be an ecstatic and joyful and universal expression in the whole body. It is such a profoundly happy way of being that I feel deeply moved to share this understanding as seeing this happiness light up in the eyes all around is such a wonderful joy.
Keef + Wioletta Miles
Keef Wesolowski Miles
I have been exploring, practicing and teaching many approaches to conscious evolution for over 20 years now and along the way I have become a multi-certified Yoga/Movement Teacher and Body Worker. I am the founder of Prana Motion and a certified teacher of Movement Medicine. Essentially it is my innate passion for life, love and laughter; community, connection and creativity; words, humour and music; yoga, massage and dance that revitalizes my life every day and enlivens the work that I am called to share. I have been incredibly blessed on my journey to have been supported and guided my many wonderful teachers, friends and family and it is a profound, yet simple, honour to share with you as we explore together this curious dance we call being human. We are human beings, human becomings, human dancings.
Wioletta Wesolowska Miles
For many years I have been travelling the world, immersed in different cultures, studying and practicing many ancient and contemporary healing arts and philosophies. These practices include Tantra, Shamanism, Dance, Meditation and healing massage techniques. Having been blessed to learn from many great teachers and healers from Poland to The Amazon, I feel honoured to be able to share my gifts with you in holding space for transformation and growth. Guided by my deep love of mother earth nature and the dance of being human I offer my self in service with love, respect and gratitude for my life and all of life. I am qualified Lomi Lomi therapist and the founder of Earth Medicine. With my background in interior design and engineering I am happy to help you create the life you long for and help you redesign both your inner energetic and outer physical worlds. As a young mother, I am well equipped to support you on your journey with care, presence and refined sensitivity.
Lara + Lioba
Partner Yoga is a delicious exploration of yoga in pairs: by using each other’s body-weight we deepen effortlessly into the postures. You will be guided to give and receive support symbiotically; and together we will explore ways of communicating to build trust so that you may get what you want/need from this practice. The key is to allow the stretch to happen... It's about letting go of having to 'make things happen' and 'hold things together'. It's also about about being experimental and creative - and having fun! There is something supremely supportive and nourishing about moving - slowly, gently - back-to-back, side-by-side and hand-in-hand with another. People tend to leave feeling relaxed, beautifully stretched and pretty elated. It’s a wonderful way to connect with a friend, a lover (or maybe a complete stranger!) Take this opportunity to connect with another and taste the delights of Partner Yoga!
Lioba is a yoga teacher, bodyworker and nutrition therapist with a love of getting people into their bodies, connecting to their hearts and finding joy through presence, support and play. http://anahata-wellbeing.com/
Lara is a massage therapist who, after a long love affair with yoga, now teaches a slow and spacious combination of yin and tantra yoga. Her passion lies in supporting people to connect to their true selves through various forms of dance and embodied meditation.
Lara and Lioba have been teaching Partner Yoga together in and around Bristol for 6 years.
My longing is to meet and bring what feels real of earth and soul, through body, heart, voice and mind; to embody and express this in sound and movement, in stillness and quiet.
Yoga, in its many forms, is one of my allies in living this longing, as well as practices from the Shamanic tradition, and from the world of natural voice work. I am a qualified yoga teacher, voice coach and an apprentice teacher of Movement Medicine. I love to share all that I am nourished and awakened by.
My prayer is alive whilst being and walking in nature, so I feel joy to be teaching in the field of Santosa, bare feet on the earth.
With my multi-careers as Yoga teacher, dancer, writer and coordinator, my aim is to offer fresh breath and smile to everyday life, awaken ones inner-self to shine. Along with Asana, sharing various nourishing techniques such as Yoga Nidra, my practice focuses on deep healing. I host private class and regular classes at Pineapple Dance Studios and Roundhouse for all age, pregnancy, mum and baby.
"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer"
Bryony teaches a hearty kind of seasonal yoga based on the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli. Her workshops promote clear thinking, gentle strength and fun.
Bryony has been practicing yoga since the age of 13 learning and teaching different styles around the world. She blends together different traditions to create workshops that are inspiring and powerful. Bryony creates journeys and celebrations for transitions.
"I live rurally near to the coast in Dorset and study the effects of space, place and time in yoga. My knowledge and practice brings together wisdom from ancient tradition, nature and contemporary yoga."
Veva’s yoga practice started during her own pregnancy enabling her to have a natural home birth. She is an experienced and energetic yoga teacher and body-therapist who fully believes in the benefits of yoga and therapies to promote health and well being at all levels: physical, mental, energetic and emotional. She is a fully qualified and insured yoga instructor specialized in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. She also teaches, Vinyasa Yoga, pregnancy yoga, Yoga Nidra, Yoga for children; She is a body energy therapist, advanced Thai yoga massage (including Osteopathy techniques applied to thai massage), Deep tissue, Sports Injury massage, Oil Holistic Massage, Massage for pregnancy and infancy, Hot Stone Therapy, and Indian Head Massage.
At the present she lives in Spain where she has continued growing as a teacher and therapist. Veva has studied with teachers like Brian Cooper, John Scott, David Swenson, Ana Forrest, Uma Dinsmore Tuli, Jo Manuel, Sergio Martin Pose, Blandine…..At present she is finishing her training in No Risk ABS and Perinee and movement with the school of anatomy of movement with Blandine. Veva has completed a practice course in Mindfulness with one of the most recognised schools in Spain, Nirakara. 12 years of conscious daily personal practice and 9 years teaching in both here in Spain and in England.
I have been practicing yoga for about twenty four years and teaching for the last eleven. When I first started yoga it was just a class I would go to. It made me feel good, which is why I kept with it - but at the time I didn’t feel the need to take it any further. Pregnancy brought me much more in touch with my body and so it was when I became pregnant with my first child Louis, that my yoga deepened. I began doing yoga every day which I believe helped me through labour and birth. Then a wonderful teacher training course in the tradition of Vanda Scaravelli came along. I chose this course quite by chance - not because of Scaravelli - but because I now had a baby whose needs I wanted to meet and it fitted in with this. As luck would have it the course was just perfect for me. I still miss it now.... The two course leaders Marilyn Freedman and Rosamunde Jordan taught us with a great openness which gave everyone the skills to teach in their own unique way. What I found lovely and has stayed with me in my teaching is the time allowed within the postures and an easiness and playfulness within them. Yoga can be so accessible and with care (and most cases!) very safe to practice. It stimulates the immune system, balances hormones and above all creates a sense of wellbeing. Even if you do just five minutes twice a day (of course more would be great!) after a while it would make you feel really good. The journey of yoga lasts a lifetime and with each breath there opens up infinite possibilities of which path to follow and yet when it comes down to it, yoga can be so simple...
Veronika de la Pena
REFLEX YOGA is a new unique style of Yoga specifically designed to target the Body-Brain neurological, physical and emotional connections. It is a powerful art of movement that gets to the root of all pattern making and pattern breaking, with its fusion of calming restoring Hatha/Kashmir Yoga flow and a range of subtly dynamic Neuro-Sensory movements that have been proved to help children and adults with all types of conditions.Some being:- ADHD- OCD- ASD- Stroke recovery- Anxiety - Sleep disorders- Depression- Learning or developmental difficulties- low muscle tone - Motor-coordination difficulties, and the list could go on……………….
VERONIKA: A teacher with extensive experience, Veronika frequently encounters people who do not respond in the usual way to asana/breath. Questions answered will be: what is the Primitive Reflex system, why we treat it; how significant our Body-Brain connections are to overall health/well-being; how this can lead to certain types of behaviours/addictions and how powerful this method is breaking physical patterns. - A brief Bio: I began my teaching in Reading Leisure Centre, I then taught in and around Reading for 7 years. I moved to London for a year and learnt Ashtanga Yoga before deciding to quit the city for the quiet life of the Herefordshire countryside where I have been teaching and bringing up my family ever since. I now have 16 years teaching experience and have also retrained in a less well known technique called Hatha Kashmir Yoga. I now also work with Yoga4Autsim and have been developing Reflex Yoga from the work in this field.
Uma Dinsmore-Tuli first met yoga when she was four years old: she fell in love, and has been practicing ever since. Her especial passion is deeply nurturing, revitalising yoga that’s accessible to everyone, particularly Total Yoga Nidra and juicy meditative flows and restorative poses. She’s trained over one thousand specialist teachers and yoga therapists in nourishing yoga, and has written four books on yoga and women’s health, including the massive new women’s yoga bible Yoni Shakti - a woman’s guide to power and freedom through yoga and tantra. IN 2005 she co-created Santosa yoga camp with her friend and colleague Amanda Brown.
Sam is a trainee dance and movement psychotherapist. He has been facilitating groups, doing bodywork and healing for over 25 years, and is a full member of the College of Healing. As well as holding men’s and nature connection workshops, in the last year he has added contact improvisation to his teaching repertoire and the facilitation of authentic movement workshops. He is an emotional literacy trainer, mentor, translator, author, poet and performer. Talk to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Brew with Enactive Drawing
Slow down and experience the hidden lives of things. Draw with nature, fine-tuning the orchestration of eye and hand, and the stillness, focus and engagement of the body.
Yoga Artist, musician, activist,mother. Elena Riu completed a Yoga Campus (The Life Centre) Yoga Teacher Training Diploma in 2007. She is also a certified Children and Teens Yoga and Mindfulness teacher and was recently fortunate to received Tich Nath Hahn’s Five Mindfulness Trainings at his retreat in France where she also led Children Yoga workshops.
Elena has taught kids classes at The Special Yoga Centre and at Yoga Home. Last summer Elena co-directed the Yoga for Kids and Families activities at Santosa Yoga Camp. In June Elena delivered a session on how to incorporate Tich Nath Hanhn's Pebble Meditation into a Yoga Class for the TeenYogaUK Teacher Training. Her classes use inspiring yoga stories and myths to instill reverence and compassion while weaving fun imaginative movement with mindfulness and relaxation.
Elena has been practicing yoga since she was 11 and after arriving in London where she was introduced to Shadow Yoga by John Evans. She has continued to study with Zhander Remete and Emma Balnaves as well as Paulene Morphet. In the past few years Elena has been fortunate to receive mentoring from Uma Dinsmore-Tuli which has grown her deep interest in Yoga for female health and menstruality. Elena also teaches yoga and Mindfulness’ Circles for females of all ages.
Currently Elena is completing a Red School Menstruality apprenticeship with Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer as well as further training in Mentoring Circles for girls. She is the founder of Hackney’s Women Yoga and Mindfulness Circle and Yoga Seedlings, Buds, Blossoms and Flowers. Elena has been a concert pianist for many years and is a Professor of piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she has recently led a Pilot Study about the benefits of yoga for musicians suffering from PRA and MSDs. The pilot study was jointly funded by Better Practice: Musical Impacts, Teaching and Learning and the Keyboard Faculty. She has been integrating Yoga and Mindfulness in all her teaching. Recently, Elena delivered Yoga and Mindfulness sessions for young musicians at the North London Conservatoire. Elena also has a dance background. Elena has an 9 year old daughter who loves discovering the world through yoga. She has full DBS and is insured by the Yoga Alliance.
Dances of Universal Peace:
Sacred Songdance is a beautiful way to meet the people with whom you have been doing yoga. Within the circular dances we meet several partners, exchanging with each the blessings of the touch, the glance, and the heart. We sing beautiful mantric melodies, and move with gentle rhythmic steps side to side and in and out, making a a dancing mandala. Our arms form the shapes of the devotional gestures of the heart and soul.
This practice originated in San Francisco in the 1960s when Samuel Lewis an American Sufi Master, disciple of Hazraat Inayaat Khan, who taught his flower power students how to develop reverence and discipline as a necessity for feeling the bliss of the Divine. It is a great joy to do these dances and a wonderful way to come together as One.
I first trained to teach strong, alignment based yoga, but followed my heart into the arts of shakti-honouring with teachers of Dru, Bihar and Womb yoga to become a yogic nomad. I specialise in yoga that celebrates diversity, deep relaxation and connections to the natural world within and without. At Santosa this year I'll be part of Team 'Nidra. I'll also be sharing a little Wild Yoga - yoga, groupwork and bodywork techniques informed by my own spiritual practices, including druidry, dance, ritual and spirit journeying; and also sharing my ongoing PhD research into alternative and radical yoga. Join me on the wild side.
Nicole and Soma
Learning to Journey through Soma Yoga Practice
It is not easy to become someone who journeys well and to then integrate this into your daily life. It requires mental clarity. As you enter the portal of dreams you need to anchor your consciousness in normal awareness through an intention so that you remain aware that you are journeying. Journeying is a safe way to develop your dream body. You can discover so much about yourself and the world around you if you journey with intention.
Through breath work, energy work, flowing Soma Yoga, Soma Nidra and Meditation you will begin to discover the power of making journeys in your yoga practice.
Introduced to Hatha Yoga in 1973, yoga is a constant in Amanda's busy life. From the culinary world working for the Parker Bowles family to the corporate world of Marketing and Public Relations, Amanda formalised her love of Yoga in a teacher training in 2010 having been practicing "yoga with friends" for over 30 years.
Originally a vinyasa flow teacher, her style is deeply influenced by Tom Myers' work on the interconnective web of fascia as well as the 13 Original Clan Mothers - the Immortal Goddesses of the Lakota Tradition that hold each moon in a specific energy that helps distil and clarify challenges or troubles. Often Amanda will draw the Creature Teachers to support a practice as well as drawing on her trainings in Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Pregnancy and Womb Yoga. She is a qualified Laughter Yoga Teacher with Lotte Mikkelson of United Mind Laughter and Dr Madan Kataria.
Amanda has a passion for Kirtan and sings regularly in her home and at workshops / retreats both in the UK and abroad combined with teaching asana, yoga philosophy and nidra.
"As we open our Hearts one petal at a time we get a little closer to our own understanding of the Divine."
She is an artist, charity fundraiser and full time Mum to the lovely handstanding Zack and is always on the field with a hug, a listening ear and an offer of a helpless belly laugh.
Ravi offers Heart Songs and Sacred Chants with acoustic guitar & kora (African harp) Most recent albums were ‘Songs for the Golden Age’ and “Two Rivers” with Adrian Freedman “Ravi is a rare talent - a musical shaman who knows no fear. he has been an inspiration to us over the years as he continues to cross borders and boundaries in his quest for musical expression and freedom" DEVA PREMAL & MITEN
Elahn & Radhe
Elahn & Radhe run Shekinashram, the much loved devotional sanctuary and Bhakti Yoga Ashram in Glastonbury UK. The Ashram is dedicated to inspiring others by sharing the astonishingly sweet nectar of devotional life. Principally using the medium of kirtan and sacred storytelling to share some of the age old wisdom of the sages from the Bhakti Yoga tradition, they have become well known for both their soft ambient moods of devotional chanting and ecstatic high energy kirtans.
Babaji Temple Singers
Harisudha and Durga Das have been devotees of Sri Haidakhand Baba for over 30 years. They have three children, and have raised their family on the teachings of Sri Babaji, in truth, simplicity and love. They have inspired many people on their spiritual path through taking a mobile ‘temple tent’ around festivals across the U.K. and holding pujas and chanting sessions regularly, and through the example of their daily lives. They are also long time friends of the Goma family and have joined them in tours and concerts over the years. They also hold some Babaji events at their home in Somerset.
Habiba Willow and Buddhenath
Buddhenath and Habiba have been leading bhajans together for over ten years, accompanied with their own guitar and harmonium "We delight in offering sessions which are inclusive, heartfelt and welcoming. We sit in an open circle, we use no amplification and everyone is very much invited to sing. Word sheets are provided. You can join and leave the session at any time (but come at the beginning if you can!)"
For all ages, children welcome.
Sivani Mata is a student of Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of love and devotion) and began her journey with this practice through attending various Kirtan (chanting) evenings in London and on her travels. Particularly with family band GOMA, who inspired her to live in trust and bhakti spirit in all aspects of life. She began to lead Kirtan after spending New Year 2009 with Jai Uttal on his Kirtan camp, followed by a Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico at the Yandara Yoga Institute, where an incredible resident kirtan band, Jaya made chanting a key element. Since then Sivani has been running chanting circles and gatherings in the UK, and has released three kirtan albums produced by bhakti musical magician Tabla Tom: I AM (2012), Shakti Live (2015) and Surrender (2016). As well as her most recent release Jasmine Garden (2017) which blends Kirtan with mystic poetry. Having fallen in love with the path of Bhakti Yoga, Sivani organised the UK’s first ever Bhakti Music Festival (in August 2011), which brought devotional musical practices from various traditions together as one, in the spirit of universal love and devotion. Following on from this she now organises BE LOVE ~ 11hour Bhakti Immersions in London. Inspired by her Bhakti Practice, Sivani also shares Yoga Nidra, Women's Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Shakti Dance with bhakti spirit, centring these practices in the heart to unveil ones true nature.
Sivani Mata feels incredibly blessed to have found this divine practice and be able to share it with others
Tim has been playing music for over 25 years but it wasn’t until his late twenties that he realised it was singing that gave him the greatest joy. After a spiritual awakening and some years experimenting with different kinds of voice and sound healing he did his first workshop with Chloe Goodchild and The Naked Voice in 2005. This transformative experience crystallised in 2006 with the release of his first CD Planting Peace, running regular chanting groups and a life-changing trip to India. Since then Tim has worked extensively with Chloe, becoming a Naked Voice Facilitator and been witness to the incredible power of the voice and chanting in particular.
Tim is a regular at UK Bhakti Festivals and yoga gatherings and in 2012 released a kirtan CD, Devotional Heart, produced by Tabla Tom. The follow-up 'Give It All Away For Love' was released in 2016. Tim is also a father of two children and runs a very popular ‘Bhajan Babies’ class in Bristol introducing the calming, joyful practice of chanting to new parents and their children.